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An unprecedented, intimate account of the lives of modern Chinese women, told by the women themselves — true stories of the political and personal upheavals they have endured in their chaotic and repressive society

For eight groundbreaking years, Xinran hosted a radio program in China during which she invited women to call in and talk about themselves. Broadcast every evening, Words on the Night Breeze became famous throughout the country for its unflinching portrayal of what it meant to be a woman in modern China. Centuries of obedience to their fathers, husbands and sons, followed by years of fear under Communism, had made women terrified of talking openly about their feelings. Xinran won their trust and, through her compassion and ability to listen, became the first woman to hear their true stories.

This unforgettable book is the story of how Xinran negotiated the minefield of restrictions imposed on Chinese journalists to reach out to women across the country. Through the vivid intimacy of her writing, these women confide in the reader, sharing their deepest secrets. Whether they are the privileged wives of party leaders or peasants in a forgotten corner of the countryside, they tell of almost inconceivable suffering: forced marriages, sexual abuse, separation of parents from their children, extreme poverty. But they also talk about love — about how, despite cruelty, despite politics, the urge to nurture and cherish remains. Their stories changed Xinrans understanding of China forever. Her book will reveal the lives of Chinese women to the West as never before.

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About the Author

Xinran was born in 1958. After a career in the army, she became a journalist in the late 1980s, working as a radio broadcaster and as head of Jiangsu Broadcasting Television. A professor of psychology, Xinran now lives in England.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780679312260
Publisher:
Vintage Canada
Location:
Toronto
Author:
Xinran
Author:
Xue, Xinran
Author:
Xinran, Xinran
Subject:
General
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Asia - China
Subject:
Femmes
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Subject:
General Biography
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
cahier no. 38
Publication Date:
20031111
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
N
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.02 x 5.09 x .54 in .4219 lb

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